A partnership forum between Customs and business  in Zimbabwe has been mooted under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to provide a  formalised institutional framework for consultation, dialogue and collaboration; partnerships in key development areas for instance infrastructure; and collaboration in many areas like policy development, systems development and capacity building.

SADC Regional Forum Facilitators, Ms Kgomotso Mohlala and Mr Gideon Phiri who were in the country recently to steer the establishment of the Zimbabwe Customs to Business Forum met various Government officials and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s top management. A workshop for all stakeholders was subsequently held in Harare on July 21 at a city hotel.

Speaking at the function, the Acting Commissioner General of ZIMRA, Mr Tichawona G Chiradza opined that “National Customs Business Forums (NCBFs) are meant to foster stronger partnership between Customs and Business at the national level, promote a regular and result- focused dialogue, and taking action on existing challenges and areas of development in the country.”

He added that NCBFs can also make recommendations to other bodies like Government ministries on improvements that are required in the area of trade facilitation hence are a vital cog in trade facilitation and economic development.